Skelatal musle relaxants dont work for me. I've had disc fused in my neck this past spring, and my neck and shoulder muscles cramp and ache. any Ideas? I used to take vicoden and soma before surgery but hate to go back to such strong stuff.However I seem to have a high resistence to average medications for this sort of thing.I really need something strong.
Unfortunately, those of us with high tolerance or resistance to "average" medications are the ones that get into trouble with the pain medications! And, any way you look at it, you will likely have some kind of pain, given your condition. Anything "strong", according to the definition that it seems you are giving or that you need, will likely be a narcotic. And, as you say, I'd avoid these, if at all possible. It begins such a nasty cycle that's difficult to get out of, even if you're someone without addictive tendencies. I assume you've tried Robaxin and Flexeril. Its strange that you say Diazepam gives you anxiety because it is an anti-anxiety (benzodiazepene) medicine, and not considered in either of the categories you mentioned. Have you also tried Motrin 800 mg? You would need a prescription. But, as you say, it would be great if you could get by with some combination of meds. that are not addictive because it seems to be a downward spiral from everyone I've known or from my own experiene. Good luck. J.
I have tried most of the muscle relaxers. I have had 2 cervical fusions at c5-c6 and c6-c7. Now I have another herniated disk at c4-c5. The only thing that seems to work for me is Soma. Unfortunately, the pain mgmt clinic I go to decided to take all their patients off of this drug for a variety of reasons. None of which make any sense to me. Several people on this site have recommended Baclofen (sp?) which is about the only one I haven't tried. So, I am going to give it a try. I have an appt next week and will ask my doc about it. I will let you know how it works for me. Good luck! Let us know how you are doing.
I have a few suggestions. I have a disorder (neuromuscular) that causes chronic pain... especially severe cramping in my legs and back (though my arms and even facial/jaw muscles are affected). I am VERY familiar with medicines, including valium, soma, and pain meds similar to hydrocodone (I can't take anything w/codeine or codone). I also have disk problems. Here are the meds that help me most (all were prescribed by my neurologist, and many were not taken together). TIZANIDINE: this medicine is great help, especially at night. I can not mix Soma w/Tizanidine. It is used for dif things, a muscle relaxer for my case. VALIUM: I take this PRN to help prevent my severe cramping 'spells' from becoming full-on 'episodes;' when taking it orally doesn't help I have to get IV injections. Unlike most people, I am not made groggy or loopy from Valium. KLONOPIN: in the benzo family like Valium and Ativan.
I take this every day to help w/a variety of things including nerve pain and to help relax my body... as well as for anxiety. NEURONTIN: This is my FAVORITE medicine!!! It does wonders for pain! Especially for spinal, nerve, and neuro conditions. It isn't actually a ''pain medicine,''and it's not addicting like vicadin, dilaudid, and all that crap. My younger brother also takes it for his MS, and he doesn't take it everyday while I take 600-900mg 3x/day. MELOXICAM: I'm still uncertain how well this helps me yet, as it's one of my more recent Rxs; but apparently it does wonders for MS.
Here are other meds I have tried, but quit either because of side effects, or other meds have replaced them, or they didn't help me much (but I am a member of support forums for my condition). BACLOFEN, CARBAMAZAPINE, CYMBALTA, CARBIDOPA/LEVIDOPA, ROPINIROLE, ATIVAN, DILANTIN, RELAFIN, SOMA (which I still take on occasion when I need to function properly. Soma doesn't grog me out like other meds), FLEXORIL, METHACARBAMOL, and a few others. Maybe read the info for each of these meds as listed on drugs.com and see if any sound like they could benefit you then talk to your doctor.
Another thing that may be particularily helpful to you is having an epidural block performed (at/near?) your injured disk. I will be having my 5th one performed in a few weeks. It helped my back pain and somewhat the spasms (well, the pain from spasms) in my legs. Your spinal surgeon would be the one to discuss this with. Or whatever doctor referred you to that doctor. Mine have been ordered by my neurologist and a spinal surgeon.
Hope this helps. Remember, meds affect everyone differently, so I can only speak for myself. Best wishes!
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